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President will meet Fico, parties waiting for invitation to coalition talks

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič will receive Robert Fico, the chairman of the Smer party that won parliamentary elections and ask him to form a new government.

The president already congratulated representatives of the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the Slovak National Party (SNS) by phone and agreed meetings with them in the next days, news wire SITA wrote.

The president's decision to charge Fico with building a new ruling coalition did not take aback leaders of the future parliamentary parties. Only SMK boss Béla Bugár said the president's decision was a little bit hasty.

LS-HZDS deputy chairman Viliam Veteška said now it is the election winner's turn and the LS-HZDS will be ready when they will receive an invitation for talks. He underscored that the LS-HZDS has not yet negotiated with any other party.

Slovak National Party (SNS) leader Ján Slota is also awaiting an invitation for talks from Fico. He underscored that he has not so far talked with any other parliamentary party.

Slovak leftist leader Robert Fico won Saturday's elections ahead of Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda. His party Smer however failed to secure an outright majority and thus will have to form a coalition.

The Slovak National Party, not in parliament in the previous term, received 11.73 percent followed by the Party of Hungarian Coalition with 11.68 percent. The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia got 8.72 percent, and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) got 8.3 percent based on preliminary official results.

Before the elections Smer announced its plan to roll back economic and social reforms if they will be in the future government, however, analysts say this was mere pre-election rhetoric.

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